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A Pilot Study to Determine the Prevalence of Younger Onset Dementia in Sydney

Dr Adrienne Withall, Prof Brian Draper
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Centre-based
Project Description

Younger onset dementia refers to changes in a person's memory, judgment and/or behaviour that occur prior to the age of 65.

Younger people with dementia often still have young families, are working, have mortgages, and do not fit in with mainstream dementia services that are geared towards the elderly population.

Since there have been no Australian studies to establish how many people have younger onset dementia, it is difficult to determine the need for services for these persons and their families. This study will determine the number of people with younger onset dementia who have presented to Prince of Wales Hospital and residential care in the surrounding area to provide data to enable us to develop better, tailored healthcare for younger people with dementia.

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